Archive for November 2012

An ALTO quote of the day…

November 29, 2012



November 22, 2012

What do you think of these decanters, beautiful or not so much?

Wine and Cheese

November 21, 2012

What’s your favourite wine and cheese pairing?

Top 10 finalists announced in the Alto Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town

November 21, 2012

Capetonians have spoken by voting for their Top 10 favourite eateries in the Alto Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town 2012 Awards.


The ALTO Top 10 Places to Eat in Cape Town are, in alphabetical order;


Dear Me
El Burro
La Colombe
La Mouette
Societi Bistro
The Foodbarn
The Roundhouse
The Test Kitchen



Says Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Town Tourism, “What a fabulous Top 10 list for locals and tourists alike. These awards are unusual in that they are the first ones to be run on Social Media where the public have had their say. It’s reassuring to see that Capetonians enjoy their casual eateries as much as their fine dining and the results reflect this with the rising popularity of bistro-style eating. This in turn reflects international trends in eating out. It’s also a very useful and handy list for locals and tourists visiting the Mother City.”


This year’s Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town 2012 Awards is sponsored by leading wine producer and the oldest red wine estate in South Africa, Alto, to give support for the growth and development of Cape Town’s wine and food culture.


Says Gwen Job, Brand Manager of Alto,“This is extraordinary because the finalists are all so diverse. Us Capetonians like to mix and match our places to eat and we are certainly spoilt for choice. There is an unspoken pride in all our restaurants in that they put so much effort into the customer experience, and this is the common thread in the finalists.”


Concludes Clare Mack, editor of and founder of the awards, now in their second year;  “We had a fantastic response from the public and there’s no doubt about it; the ALTO Top 10 Places to Eat Cape Town are all fabulous places to eat, delivering different experiences, and that’s what dining out is all about.

Cape Town, when it comes to food, is phenomenal.”


To view the full list of the ALTO Top 100 Places to Eat Cape Town go to


For more information contact Clare at 073 842 1701, or at

Wise wine words…

November 15, 2012

Alto Shiraz 2010 impresses palates

November 8, 2012

The 2010 vintage of Alto Shiraz has been chosen by South African Airways’ wine judging panel to be served to Premium Class passengers aboard the national carrier during November 2013.

The same wine was also recently honoured with a Grand D’Or at the 2012 Michelangelo International Wine Awards as well as with a gold medal at the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.

The wine was made by Schalk van der Westhuizen who has been with this Stellenbosch red wine estate, set high on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, since 2000. Under renowned viticulturist Eben Archer, a strong focus has since been placed on vine root development and these vineyards today produce fruit of exceptional balance.

The dryland vineyards providing the grapes for this wine are planted in deep, decomposed granite and clay soils. They grow on a north-westerly slope some 100m to 200m above sea level and are cooled by afternoon maritime breezes blowing off False Bay thus lengthening the ripening period and preserving the complex flavours of the grapes. The grapes were harvested by hand and aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak.

Van der Westhuizen says the wine brims with intense flavours of blackcurrants and prunes. “It’s full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a fantastic tannic backbone.”

Alto Shiraz 2010 is available in liquor outlets countrywide and retails for around R140 a bottle.

Stuck between a decanter and a glass…

November 6, 2012

What do you think of these decanting glasses? Beauty or a beast?